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California Community Colleges

Are We Letting Community College Transfer Students Down?

William G. Tierney | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
William G. Tierney

The transfer entitlement grant could be the difference between transfer students taking out a loan they will have to pay back or graduating debt free. More importantly, the grant could be just the incentive a student needs to make the decision to transfer to a university.

Diversity, Napolitano, and the University of California

Robert Shireman | Posted 03.24.2014 | College
Robert Shireman

UC's enrollment of low-income students is impressive, but the inadequate representation of Latino and African American students is a real problem.

Last Minute Save For State's Largest College

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.25.2014 | College

Following outcries from students, faculty and other supporters, a judge has ruled that City College of San Francisco will keep its accreditation until...

Why Is One Commission Trying to Close California's Largest Public College?

Capital and Main | Gary Cohn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The following story was reported by Capital and Main as part of its California Exposé investigative series, and published here in collaborati...

New California Law Could Shut Out Low-Income College Students

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.11.2013 | College

A controversial new law will allow some California community colleges to charge more for their most popular classes, outraging some students and publi...

Evaluating the California Community College System's Student Success Scorecard

Estela Mara Bensimon | Posted 06.30.2013 | Los Angeles
Estela Mara Bensimon

As important as the Student Success Scorecard is as an accountability tool, it does not ensure meaningful change because neither rewards nor penalties are attached to using the data or to improving scores.

Looking for a Villain

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.22.2013 | San Francisco
Robert Shireman

Unfortunately, things aren't looking so good for City College of San Francisco (CCSF). The college's accreditor, frustrated that the college had not been attentive to problems it had been pointing out for years, set a March 15 deadline for CCSF to make the needed changes.

At California Community Colleges, 10+1>11

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.14.2013 | College
Robert Shireman

Enhancing the role of the statewide Board of Governors was one of the cornerstones of AB 1725. The Board undermined its own role two years later when it was hoodwinked into mandating bureaucratic processes that prevent campus consideration and implementation of the Board's own recommendations.

'Faculty Primacy' at the Expense of Student Success

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.08.2013 | College
Robert Shireman

A faculty committee's zealous protection of turf would be understandable if it was limited to academic turf, such as the content of a chemistry course or the grade a student deserves on a paper. However, the primacy umbrella covers almost everything that matters at a college.

The Missing Signature at Modesto Junior College

Robert Shireman | Posted 04.04.2013 | College
Robert Shireman

Anywhere else in the country the academic senate's obstinacy could be written off as absurd. But in California, community college academic senates claim special powers: regulations severely restrict the situations under which they don't get their way.

Only in California: The Academic Senate Filibuster

Robert Shireman | Posted 03.30.2013 | Education
Robert Shireman

The boards must hear from students, staff and faculty, and they may defer to administrators and to academic senates. But they defer at their discretion: no one has equal authority and no one has primacy; ultimately the buck stops with the governing boards.

California Dreaming

Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco | Posted 01.08.2013 | Education
Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco

The citizens of our largest state spoke clearly on what is a defining issue of our day: the role of public education in the remaking of the American promise.

Getting Left Behind

William G. Tierney | Posted 10.03.2012 | College
William G. Tierney

The Great Recession has claimed many victims, but one casualty is seldom mentioned: students under-prepared for college. Three developments cloud these students' college futures, particularly in California.

California's Community College System Picks A New Chancellor

www.huffingtonpost.com | Posted 11.27.2012 | San Francisco

By TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — California Community Colleges on Thursday named a veteran administrator to lead the nation's la...

Why California Community Colleges Must Succeed

Eloy Ortiz Oakley | Posted 11.13.2012 | College
Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Like many other state community college systems, California's 112 community college system has been wrestling with huge demographic shifts along with a major contraction of its state support.

College Dreams Grow Closer to Reality in California

Paul Murre | Posted 10.16.2012 | College
Paul Murre

Both components of the Middle Class Scholarship Act have passed the California State Assembly. And now it seems there is a real possibility for deep, impactful reform of our higher education system.

Matt Sledge

Community Colleges Tackle Skills Gap In Land Of High Unemployment

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.21.2012 | College

NEW YORK -- Cows love alfalfa. Feeding it to them, however, involves a complicated seed-supply chain running from the farms of California's Central Va...

Students In California Watch Out: Acceptance To Community Colleges May Not Be Such A Sure Thing

The Huffington Post | Anna Susman | Posted 07.13.2012 | College

Recessionary budget cuts are changing the meaning of community colleges in California. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has de...

On the Outskirts of Skid Row

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 05.22.2012 | Education
Daniel Heimpel

California's much-maligned community college system stands an important but tenuous bulwark against homelessness for former foster youth.

Free-ish Solutions: Expanding College Access for CA's Foster Youth

David Ambroz | Posted 11.22.2011 | Impact
David Ambroz

Under current California law, students who have served in the armed forces or are disabled are allowed to enroll early in classes at the California State Universities, UCs and Community Colleges. A current bill in Sacramento would extend this privilege to foster youth.

Hacking Education the 1960s Way

Paul Freedman | Posted 11.08.2011 | Education
Paul Freedman

Maybe it's time we put a little old back in the new school and remember that we already have an answer to the rising cost of college -- transfer. It's already available. It's affordable. And it works.

California Community Colleges May Have To Shut Out 400,000 Students

Posted 05.31.2011 | College

A predicted $800 million budget cut to California's community colleges would deny 400,000 students enrollment in the upcoming academic year and cut th...

CA Gov slashes Funding To Higher Education

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- California's public colleges and universities would suffer another round of painful funding cuts under a "tough budget" propos...

California Students Rally In Sacramento

San Francisco Chronicle | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

One way to protest education cuts is to block classroom doors, shut down campuses and hurl torches at a chancellor's house. All have been tried recent...